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Five Awesome Things To Do in Bali, Indonesia

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If you were to ask a simple question like what are some of the best things to do in Bali, expect to be bombarded with suggestions aplenty. After all, that’s the beauty of this Indonesian island. It isn’t just one of the top beach destinations in the world; for every visitor in Bali has a chance to participate in a cornucopia of happenings that range from the cultural to the adventurous.

So, irrespective of your age or preference in activities, there will be something compelling and stimulating for you to do in Bali, guaranteed. Since the list of possible excursions to do in Bali is endless, we present a few classics as well as novel options worth exploring during your island vacation.

Surf in Kuta

If you look at the big picture, Kuta is like a theme park that keeps on giving. When in the area, you can visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center, groove with the music during Kuta Karnival in October, or have a splash at Waterbom, Bali’s largest water park.

But when spending a typical day sunbathing by the water, think about making the most of the gentle waves that come crashing onto Kuta Beach. You can rent a surfboard on the spot, or if new to the sport, it’s also possible to take surfing lessons. The waves at Kuta are ideal for beginners, and even children can take part in this fun exercise.

Have a Swinging Time

Bali has an Instagram-worthy quality that seems omnipresent, no matter where you are on the island. Nevertheless, the growing demands of social media frequently require new ideas, and the latest trend to grip the local tourist industry is the already legendary “Bali Swing.” While the Bali Swing’s original location is a short drive from Ubud center, there are now several such attractions dotted around the island. Mixing a hint of thrill with breath-taking panoramas, you can sway over mountain drops ranging from 10m to 78m, safely, for as little as $35.

A less exciting option is the bird’s nest. These are small structures that can accommodate one or two people, strategically placed next to gorgeous backgrounds. An excellent place to experience this all is Alas Harum in Tegallalang, where they have couple’s swings, Instagrammable nests, and zip-lining.

Enjoy Monkey Madness in Ubud

If Seminyak is the party capital of Bali, Ubud is its cultural center. When staying in Bali, plan to spend a few days in this area and explore Ubud’s marvels, of which the Monkey Forest is by far the most popular. A favorite with kids, walking around the forest, home to hundreds of long-tailed macaques, is both educational and entertaining.

Moreover, when in Ubud, you can take a stroll through the lush rice paddies, visit art galleries, dip in the holy springs of the famous Tirta Empul water temple, and hike to the lesser-known Tegenungan Waterfall.

Admire Street Art in Bali

Considering that Bali has long been a haven for hippie and budget travelers, it is surprising that not many are aware of its thriving street art scene. One reason for this is that most of Bali’s street art is concentrated in and around Canggu. The region mostly attracts surfers, but if you hire a moped and drive around, you will come across some of the best murals in Bali.

Do make it a point to stop at ALLCAPS, a graffiti supply store where you can get insider’s information on the latest works of art. Also, take the road from Batu Berang Beach to Berawa and keep your eyes open, for this route is packed with colorful wall paintings.

Swoon Over a Memorable Sunset

There is no shortage of stunning sunsets in Bali. Sit on the beach anywhere or be near the mountains, and the surroundings start to ooze a dreamy amorous aura the moment the sun begins to set.

Still, the most iconic place in Bali to view a memorable sunset is Tanha Lot. The Hindu temple is fascinating to visit during the day, especially since it transforms into an island whenever the tide is high. In the evening, though, there an almost spiritual vibe around it. The delicate orange glow of the setting sun gives it a divine persona that has to be seen to be believed.

Eventually, once you are done with all the activities you can possibly pack into your day, it’s time to finally appreciate the culinary specialties of Bali.

On the island, you will find amazing places to eat that serve cuisines from around the world. And while they make for excellent dinner possibilities, don’t forget to indulge in regional Balinese food. Better yet, take a cooking class that will give you better insight into how the locals live and eat on a day-to-day basis.

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